Whilst we were compiling our World Carnival 2 mix we fell in love with Jumping Back Slash‘s productions. The Pollinate records, SA based Artist makes some of the best and varied tropical music around. We caught up with him and decided to ask him about his work, South African music and what else is in the pipeline.
Who are you?
I am Jumping Back Slash. I am originally from the UK but I live in Cape Town. I have lived here for nearly five years. I make tunes and release them on Pollinate Records in the UK
Right now it’s hard to pin down what you make, so how would you describe your current productions?
God knows. Right now I’m flicking between making 128bpm deep house and then 160bpm kasie kwaito sghubu. I’ve always described my tunes as afrotronical space music which is probably a bit bollocks but I can’t think of anything better.
Does living in South Africa affect the music you make?
Living in South Africa is the biggest influence of all. My early tunes owed a massive debt to golden age Kwaito, that 90s sound, Trompies, Chiskop, Arthur etc. Since I’ve settled here my tunes have spread out a bit from deep trippy tribal stuff and hyper-fast Shangaan style stuff. All of it comes from being here and breathing the air. I’d like to think my tunes are a dialogue with my surroundings and the cultures here. Fuck knows what I’m saying though.
Who else apart from Spoek Mathambo should we be checking out from South Africa?
BIG FKN GUN, BLK JKS, DJ Call Me, DJ Pacco, DJ Big Space, Dirty Paraffin and loads more
5) What projects do you have coming out soon?
The recent 160bpm stuff should hitting a vinyl in the next few months. I’ve also been working with DJ Big Space on a House collab which has been a lot of fun. I’m sat on a lot of tunes at the moment so I’m also shopping a few things about and seeing who bites.
Miguel is back with his latest installment of the Art Dealer Chic series. I wish that he would have release a full mixtape instead of drips and drabs every month, but even to say that is unfair as his music is leading the way in R and B in 2012. above is the teaser for the latest edition and here is the link for the ep itself.
You may know Face T from being one of Poirier‘s frequent collaborators or from his hits like Wha la la Leng, Blazin, Enemies or his recent single Jumbo.He has been a constant presence in our sets so we are pleased to see him release his new album. The 13 track LP produced by Poirier and Scorpio B covers a mix of reggae, dancehall and uptempo electro bass. Our favourite track on the album is Hands Up Deh which reminds us of Bollywood meets french courtisan electro, which trust us is a great thing, topped off which Spanish rhyming from Boogat. The title track featuring Cutty Ranks, shows that Face T can hold his own alongside a legend on this dancehall riddim. You can listen to an album minimix below and as a treat you can download the A Tribe Called Red remix of Jumbo here.
The album is available to buy now on itunes.
To celebrate the flyer for Dancehall Jamboree being released Murlo laced us with his remix of the Stylo G banger Call Mi a Yardie. Not only can you see Murlo on the 26th of November, you can also catch Jillionaire, Curtis Lynch and Mr Williamz, Serocee, Wrongtom Meets Deemas J, Joe Grime and Fresharda. Thats all in room 1, whilst in room 2 you have HDD residents Why Delila, The Large, Illanja and Kazabon & Hootie Who (HDD Dj’s). It’s going to be massive and definitely something you don’t want to miss as it is a mixture of the scene’s legends, leaders and up and comers. I guarantee you will not find a line up this good all for free anywhere.
Murlo (whom you can catch at HDD this saturday) just cooked up another refix this time it’s Lady Saw that get’s his signature treatment. No long talking was remodelled into the classic garage track Bump N Grind by M Dubs. Murlo’s grimey soca influence is all over the haunting and slightly titillating track. In effect it’s a northern reply to Lady Saw’s refrain of putting her on his big ninja bike.
SCB just released their second EP Carmibo on man recordings. To celebrate it’s release they decided to give away their track with Gnucci Banana, Coolie Fruit.
Here’s the blurb
Leading track “Carimbo” puts the sound of Northern Brasil on the New Orleans bootie map with an irresistible melody and bounce riddims. “Steel Kazoo” is an uptempo smasher that revisists the Trinidad drum legacy in 21st century fashion. “Coolie Fruit feat. Gnucci Banana” is another Bounce influenced track that jumps in your face. And last but not least “Yuh Mumma”, which gives the vibe of the Mexican gulf city another serious European re-examination.